Noah Lively receives Princeton in Asia Fellowship

Noah Lively

June 6, 2024

A year ago, Noah Lively spent a semester at Doshisha University, located in Kyoto, Japan, through a study abroad experience. That program offers University of Missouri students an opportunity to improve their Japanese skills, attend lectures on Japanese and international studies, and take part in interdisciplinary courses designed to foster a better understanding of Japan in a global context.

A senior international studies and physics double major at MU, Lively said the experience was an incredible one, and he has been hoping to return to Japan since stepping back on American soil.

Through the Princeton in Asia Fellowship, Lively will be able to do just that. The Princeton in Asia Fellowship places recent graduates in work fellowships in one of 10 countries and regions across Asia. Lively will teach English to preschool and kindergarten students in Yakage, which is about 150 miles southeast from Kyoto.

“I was in disbelief but absolutely thrilled when I read the email that I’d been nominated,” said Lively, who is also pursuing a Japanese studies minor and the Honors Certificate at Mizzou.

Lively, who has had a passion for exploring Japanese culture for years, said he won’t take the opportunity to return to Japan through the Princeton in Asia Fellowship for granted.

The MU Office of Global and National Fellowships helped Lively throughout the Princeton in Asia application process.

“The application process for Princeton in Asia helped me realize that I’m very lucky and grateful to have such wonderful mentors at Mizzou, because without them I wouldn’t be in nearly the same position that I’m in right now,” Lively said.

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